Date: April 4, 2012
Source: Herald Sun
Abstract: WHILE many believed it to be an April Fool's Day joke, Vladimir Putin has confirmed Russia has been testing mind-bending psychotronic guns that can effectively turn people into zombies.
The futuristic weapons - which attack their victims' central nervous system - are being developed by scientists and could be used against Russia's enemies and even its own dissidents by the end of the decade.
Mr Putin has described the guns, which use electromagnetic radiation like that found in microwave ovens, as entirely new instruments for achieving political and strategic goals.
Plans to introduce the super-weapons were announced by Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
While the technology has been around for some time, MrTsyganok said the guns were recently tested for crowd control purposes.
“When it was used for dispersing a crowd and it was focused on a man, his body temperature went up immediately as if he was thrown into a hot frying pan," Mr Tsyganok said.
"Still, we know very little about this weapon and even special forces guys can hardly cope with it,'' he said.
Research into electromagnetic weapons has been carried out in the US and Russia since the '50s but it appears Putin has stolen a march on the US.
Precise details have not been revealed but previous research has shown that low-frequency waves or beams can affect brain cells, alter psychological states and make it possible to transmit suggestions and commands directly into someone's thoughts.
Mr Putin said the technology is comparable in effect to nuclear weapons but “more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology''.
Mr Serdyukov said the weaponry based on new physics principles - direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons and psychotronic weapons - were part of the state arms procurement program for 2011-2020.
Maybe there will be a reason to purchase that zombie safe house, after all.
Last year Texan Austin Fleming’s created the Vagabond Mobile Safe House Device, which incorporates potable water filtration, tracking devices and photovoltaic cells into a handy and stylish leather backpack.
The whole things flips out armadillo-style in under three minutes and is covered in reflective coating to confuse drooling marauders.
The design won the 2011 Architects Southwest Zombie Safe House
competition (Herald Sun, 2012).
Title: Are We Ready For The Russian
Date: April 4, 2012
Abstract: Strange, alarming, morbidly intriguing — any or all of those would serve to describe the newly announced “Zombie Gun” that Russian president Vladimir Putin plans to use “for achieving political and strategic goals” (his words, as quoted from the UK Mail Online).
The concept is not new. For some time now military technologists have been working on weapons to incapacitate the enemy by attacking the central nervous system or damaging internal organs. Extremely high doses of microwaves could stop someone’s heart from beating or disintegrate his eyeballs, for example. Actually introducing such weapons to the combat zone–or perhaps against dissidents–well, that might be new (I stress, might). Lower dose microwave weapons have already been used in Russia for crowd control, and some claim they’ve also tried them out in other venues.
Quoting from the Mail Online: Plans to introduce the super-weapons were announced quietly last week by Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov, fulfilling a little-noticed election campaign pledge by president-elect Putin. Mr Serdyukov said: ‘The development of weaponry based on new physics principles – direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons, psychotronic weapons, and so on – is part of the state arms procurement programme for 2011-2020.’
The more insidious design–just one among the list proposed by Seryukov–is a weapon that could theoretically render someone pliable or even drive them insane by directly attacking the brain. This is the weapon most appropriately described as a “zombie gun” for obvious reasons. If the weapon can short-circuit the executive function capacity of the brain, then it’s plausible that the target would become silly putty, or possibly revert to a primal state and eat someone else’s brain (too early to tell).
I don’t doubt these claims by Putin and company, nor do I doubt that similar weapons have already been used on a trial basis (it’s important to beta test). And considering that last year a gentleman on our shores made an eye-ball burning 1KW microwave gun out of a microwave oven, well, I’m sure it won’t be long before Mattel has one ginned up for the kids (Forbes, 2012).Title: Ultimate 'Zombie' Mind Control: Myths And Facts About Weapons Of The Future
Date: April 7, 2012
Source: Russia Today
Abstract: A speech by the Russian Defense Minister promising to modernize his army caused a firestorm in the Western media – which accused Russia of developing mind control weapons that turn people into zombies. The truth is more complex, but no less scary.
“The development of weaponry based on new physics principles – direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons, psychotronic weapons, and so on – is part of the state arms procurement program until 2020,” Minister Anatoliy Serdyukov reported to President-in-waiting Vladimir Putin during their latest meeting.
Some media focused on “psychotronic” weapons – wonder devices that use energy waves to control enemy behavior, effectively turning him into a “zombie.” Several papers went on to speculate that these would be used internally against political “dissidents.”
While rumors of Soviet, then Russian psychotronic weapons have surfaced repeatedly for decades, not one has been able to produce a working psychotronic gun, or even explain what mystery rays would allow its owner to control other people’s brains.
Although it involves reading into his words (and military officials the world over often either overstate or try to conceal their country’s military capabilities) it is more likely that the minister referred to something more akin to infrasonic weapons. These unleash sounds at a frequency lower than the human ear is able to detect, or cope with. Previous tests have revealed that these weapons can demoralize their targets, and even cause brain damage. On the other end of the scale, ultra high frequency noise also causes severe discomfort. Perhaps, Russia possesses militarized versions of the high-pitched Mosquito emitters that have been used in the UK to stop teenagers (who are better able to hear them than adults) from loitering in public.
More alarming is Serdyukov’s mention of genetic weapons. These are commonly understood as biological weapons modified in such a way that they would target, say one race, but not another. So far, it has been difficult to engineer viruses precisely enough that they would attack only the enemy but none of your own side. Furthermore, these weapons are banned by the international Biological Weapons Convention – to which Russia is a signatory – and developing them would earn Russia severe censure from the international community.
Direct-energy weapons – such as heat rays – are another innovation that have been long-advertised but has seen limited action. Heat rays, such as used in the US Active Denial System deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, cause unbearable pain to the skin of the target, forcing them to run away, but are not intended to kill. They are often used for crowd control, but are cumbersome and take time to set up.
Meanwhile, lasers have been a weapon of choice for every military buff since at least Star Wars. While they are undoubtedly destructive, gathering enough energy to power one makes them hard to produce – rather than nifty hand guns, we are more likely to see giant missile interceptors. The cost of the technology remains prohibitive.
Perhaps the most terrifying category of potential weapons is geophysical – those that use the environment. For example, a charge detonated in a correct place could set off an earthquake or a tsunami, while chemicals released in the air can ground an enemy air fleet with a severe storm. It is unclear how far these technologies have advanced, but by their very nature, they are likely to unleash unbridled destruction.
So even without turning them into zombies, there are plenty enough new ways to disable or kill potential enemies. But bearing in mind their cost and impracticality, more likely than not, it is conventional rockets and bullets that will dominate the military conflicts in the next decade at least (Russia Today, 2012).